Paralegal (PARA)

(CIP Code 220302)

66 Semester Hours

The goals of the Paralegal Associate Degree in Applied Science program are to offer a concentrated program of study to:

  • Prepare students with the knowledge and skills necessary to be qualified paralegals.
  • Prepare students for careers as paralegals working under the direct supervision of attorneys in public and private sectors.
  • Prepare students who can perform effectively in a variety of legal settings and who can adapt to the changing legal environment.

A paralegal/legal assistant may not practice law, give advice, or represent clients in a court of law.

The Paralegal Associate Degree program is designed to meet the following objectives:

  • Provide students with a general education that includes oral and written communications, computational skills, and an awareness and knowledge of the humanities and social sciences.
  • Provide students with knowledge of the roles and functions of a lawyer, the roles and functions of the paralegal, and law practice methods in a variety of settings in which paralegals work.
  • Give students an understanding of the court system and the process of civil and criminal litigation.
  • Provide students with substantive knowledge in different areas of law practice.
  • Prepare students with knowledge and procedures for conducting legal research and preparing legal documents in a minimum of three areas of law practice.
  • Provide students with an understanding of the rules of professional conduct governing lawyers and paralegals.
  • Provide law office management skills which include computer, legal research, and client interviewing skills.

The Paralegal Associate Degree program is approved by the American Bar Association (ABA) as having met all curriculum requirements necessary for training qualified paralegals.

The Paralegal Associate Degree program requires at least a grade of ā€œCā€ in ALL legal (LEG prefix) classes to graduate from the program.

Program Specific Residency Requirements
The Associate in Applied Science ā€“ Major in Paralegal program requires that at least 50% of the Legal Specialty Courses must be taken at Central Carolina Technical College.

 

General Education Core Requirements - 18 Credit Hours

ENG 101 English Composition I

ENG 102 English Composition II

MAT 110 College Algebra

  OR

MAT 155 Contemporary Mathematics

SPC 205 Public Speaking

------ Humanities/Fine Arts Elective

------ Social/Behavioral Science Elective

Developmental Courses

This program of study requires that all developmental courses must be completed prior to graduation. These developmental courses may or may not be prerequisites to courses required in the program. Developmental courses are determined by placement tests taken at the time of admission into the College. The developmental courses are MAT 031, MAT 032, RDG 032, and ENG 032. These courses do not count for credit in any program of study.

courses required to complete this program

Following is a list of courses required to complete this program. Since some courses are offered once a year, courses should be taken in the following sequence in order to complete the program in a timely manner:

FALL SEMESTER - FIRST YEARCreditLabClass

COL 105 Freshman Seminar 303

CPT 101 Introduction to Computers 303

ENG 101 English Composition I 303

LEG 135 Introduction to Law and Ethics 303

12012Total

SPRING SEMESTER - FIRST YEARCreditLabClass

BUS 121 Business Law I 303

ENG 102 English Composition II 303

MAT 110 College Algebra 303

  OR

MAT 155 Contemporary Mathematics

------ Departmental Approved Elective303

------ Social/Behavioral Science Elective303

15015Total

FALL SEMESTER - SECOND YEARCreditLabClass

LEG 120 Torts 303

LEG 132 Legal Bibliography 303

LEG 212 Workers' Compensation 303

SPC 205 Public Speaking 303

------ Social/Behavioral Science Elective303

15015Total

SPRING SEMESTER - SECOND YEARCreditLabClass

LEG 201 Civil Litigation I 303

LEG 213 Family Law 303

LEG 214 Property Law 303

LEG 233 Wills, Trusts, and Probate 303

------ Humanities/Fine Arts Elective303

15015Total

SUMMER SEMESTER - SECOND YEARCreditLabClass

ACC 101 Accounting Principles I 303

LEG 230 Legal Writing 303

LEG 232 Law Office Management 303

  OR

LEG 250 Internship for Legal Assistant/Paralegal

909Total

 

66066Program Total

 

This program is aligned with the following career cluster: Law, Public Service, and Corrections & Security

Departmental Approved Electives

AHS 102 Medical Terminology

AOT 180 Customer Service

BUS 130 Business Communications

COL 105 Freshman Seminar

CPT 172 Microcomputer Database

CPT 174 Microcomputer Spreadsheets

CRJ 220 Judicial Process

CRJ 236 Criminal Evidence

SPA 101 Elementary Spanish I

SPA 102 Elementary Spanish II

SPA 105 Conversational Spanish


Approved Computer Elective

AOT 104 Keyboarding and Input Technologies

AOT 110 Document Formatting

CPT 179 Microcomputer Word Processing

Program Contact

Johnson, Gary Department Chair, Legal Studies